Burnie High School

Careers expo opens up dairy industry


FUTURE PLANNING:  Charlotte Austin-Lund and Connor Bracken consider a future in the dairy industry. Picture:  Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Charlotte Austin-Lund said she was surprised to hear that there was more to the dairy industry than just milking cows.

The year nine student will be one of 400 students to attend a DairyTas careers expo in Burnie today.

The 15-year-old said she was thinking about a future in sales or adminstration.

Year nine Team Leader Mathew Smart said the expo would provide pathways to students who were unsure about what they would do with their future.

"They often have a preconceived notion about the dairy industry, so it's great for them to see all of the options that the dairy industry can provide," Mr Smart said.

Year nine student Connor Bracken said he was interested to see the variety of careers available.

"It will be good to have a taste of what is out there," Connor said.

He said he didn't like cows and would prefer to work in the administration side of farming.

Twenty-five companies and organisations will showcase opportunities and careers in the dairy industries.

The expo will have a focus on schools but will be open to the general public later in the afternoon.

DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said the expo was about providing the community and young people with information and a range of opportunities available within the dairy industry from farm through to market.

"The North-West region is the engine room of the state's dairy industry and we want more people to understand the wealth of training, job and career options that it presents," Mr Smith said. 

Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.